For more than 40 years, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services has provided dedicated service to the enterprise of state government. Our core mission is to capture operational efficiencies, ensure legal compliance, improve workforce performance and provide enterprise leadership, business services and solutions to state government.
Department of Administrative Services
Shawn Ryan was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services by Governor Nathan Deal on October 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ryan was the president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. He previously served as the director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System, the largest information technology project in state history, and as director of communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Mr. Ryan has more than a decade of experience in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Mr. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta and are parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Department of Administrative Services
Gwen Middleton, CAP, is the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Department of Administrative Services (DOAS); responsible for supporting the Commissioner and his direct reports as needed, and serving as a liaison to internal and external agency customers. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Middleton served for nearly 30 years in various administrative support roles in the private sector and for non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was an administrative assistant to the Church of the Apostles Director of Women’s Ministry. She also worked for locally owned businesses, and in retail and commercial banking.
Chief of Staff
Department of Administrative Services
Christine Greene is the Department of Administrative Services' Chief of Staff. Prior to joining DOAS on May 16, 2018, Ms. Greene served in several executive positions in state government, most recently as the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Director of Enterprise Strategy and Governance. She previously served in the role of DPH Deputy Chief of Staff. In this role, she oversaw several statewide initiatives as well as the agency’s strategic planning and Worksite Wellness program. Prior to service with the State of Georgia, Ms. Greene worked for Fulton County for over 30 years in public health administration at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and upon consolidation of administration of health and human services departments, she served as the Director of Administrative Services for Fulton’s Health and Human Services Agency. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.
Sharon Carter serves as Director of Human Resources for the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. Ms. Carter has served the Human Resources community for 16 years and the State of Georgia for over 30 years. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and maintains her certification as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from the Society of Human Resources Management. Ms. Carter currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Henry SHRM Chapter and is an active member of the South Metro Human Resources Association in Peachtree City.
Human Resources Administration
As Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources Administration, Al Howell is responsible for leading enterprise human resource functions, including talent management, HR policy and compliance, compensation and benefits. With over 22 years of service with the State, Mr. Howell has extensive experience leading support services in the areas of human resources, information technology and records and facilities management. Prior to joining DOAS on April 1, 2018, Mr. Howell served as Director of Administration and Human Resources Director for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and as Associate Vice President, Human Resources for the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He is certified as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Mr. Howell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University.
Carla Gracen is the Director of Policy, Benefits and Compensation for DOAS Human Resources Administration Division. Ms. Gracen has more than 20 years of experience in human resources technology, most recently as Senior Director of Product Management with Automated Data Processing (ADP), Director of Consulting for HRM Product Management at CGI Group, Inc. and Senior HCM Product Manager for Ceridian, a global HCM software and technology company. Ms. Gracen maintains a certification in International Human Resources from SHRM. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Colorado Christian University and Master of Education degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Colorado State University.
Director of Enterprise Talent Management Services
Human Resources Administration Division
Bo McDaniel serves as the Director of Enterprise Talent Management Services for the Human Resources Administration Division of DOAS. His areas of responsibility include performance management, strategic workforce consulting, enterprise talent management and temporary staffing. Mr. McDaniel has extensive public and private sector human resources leadership experience. Prior to joining DOAS, he served in various roles within the state and federal governments, including Human Resources Director for the Georgia Department of Labor, and as a federal civilian HR contractor for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Department of Labor. He also held Human Resources Director positions with WebMD, Professional Distribution Services, Fiesta Texas Theme Park, and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Mr. McDaniel has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from West Georgia College.
Gina Tiedemann, CPM, serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, which includes Risk Management Services, Office of Fleet Management, Surplus Property, and Administration. Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Tiedemann was the Director of Customer Advocacy for the State Purchasing Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Tiedemann served as the Team Georgia Connection Director at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). Prior to that, she was the GeorgiaNet Division Director at GTA. Ms. Tiedemann has worked for the state of Georgia in various leadership capacities since 1984. Ms. Tiedemann earned a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration in Management Science from the University of Georgia.
Wade Damron joined DOAS in August 2014 as the Risk Management Services Division Director. He has a wealth of experience in the risk management and insurance field from his time as a consultant, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services for United Health Services, Inc., and corporate risk manager for Speedway Group where he developed and implemented safety programs. Mr. Damron is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in risk management and insurance. He is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA), and State Risk and Insurance Management Association (STRIMA).
Steve Ekin serves as the Director of the Surplus Property Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Ekin was the Director of Operations for an international import company where he was responsible for daily operations and logistics of a high volume distribution/manufacture facility. Mr. Ekin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Professional Property Administrator from the National Property Management Association. He is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Ed Finnegan serves as the Director of Office of Fleet Management. Prior to joining DOAS full time, Mr. Finnegan was a contractor setting up the in-house Auto Liability Program. Since joining the state, he has overseen the Report My Driving Program, created two safety/coverage videos viewed by over 65,000 state employees, revamped the Recovery Program, and supervised the Indemnification Program as well as the Unemployment Program. Mr. Finnegan has a Bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and has spent nearly 40 years involved in Risk Management and Fleet issues.
Mirna Barker joined DOAS on March 1, 2016 as the Director of Enterprise Learning. Prior to rejoining the agency, she worked for Dearborn Advisors as a Director of Education and Training and served as DOAS’s Chief Learning Officer. Ms. Barker has extensive experience in developing and driving training and education strategies; design, development and implementation of training and certification programs; and development and implementation of project management tools and processes. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Universidad Centro Occidental University, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia.
Paulette Petty serves as the Chief Financial Officer for DOAS. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Petty held the position of Assistant Director of Fiscal Services for the Department of Human Resources where she oversaw all fiscal functions. She has 14 years experience working with State agencies in the field of finance. During her service to DOAS, Ms. Petty has helped establish the development of a new state agency, Georgia Aviation Authority, and directed efforts to improve internal controls and financial reporting. Paulette earned a Mansfield Business College Diploma in Business Administration/Accounting, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DeVry University, and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management.
John Barmann serves as Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for DOAS. He is an experienced leader with a strong background in both technology and business management. He has spent the majority of his 18 years in the IT field identifying the technology needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cleveland State University and has certifications in both Six Sigma and ITIL.
Kristine Splieth serves as Deputy Chief Information Officer of Information Technology for business integration for DOAS. She has over 25 years of experience with a background in both technology applications and business management for both healthcare and government entities. She has spent the majority of her 25 years in the IT field identifying the functional needs for organizations, designing solutions, and managing delivery and adoption. Kris has a Bachelor of Science degree of Nursing from the University of Wisconsin.
Lisa Eason serves as Deputy Commissioner of Procurement. A 20-year veteran of the State of Georgia, she previously worked as the Assistant Commissioner of Administration, Executive Director of Administrative Services and Director of Accounting for the Technical College System of Georgia. She also served as Accounting Manager for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Auditor for the Department of Audits and Accounts. An experienced leader with a wealth of knowledge in budget and finance, purchasing, support services and accounting operations, Ms. Eason earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the State University of West Georgia, and a Master's degree from the University of West Georgia.
Jan Pytelewski was named Deputy State Purchasing Ofiicer for DOAS State Purchasing Division in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Pytelewski served as the Director of Agency Sourcing for State Purchasing, which provides advice, guidance and subject-matter expertise to customers in such areas as delegated purchasing authority, complex solicitations and sole source postings over $500,000. Ms. Pytelewski has been a successful practitioner of strategic sourcing concepts and the application of procurement best practices for over 25 years. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Pytelewski held Procurement and Supply Management leadership positions with BellSouth Telecommunications, AT&T and SunTrust Bank. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her Master’s from Georgia State University. In addition, Ms. Pytelewski has earned her certification as a Business Performance Coach from Kennesaw State University.
Gerald Schaefer joined DOAS in June 2015. He is responsible for cost recovery audits and administrative fee reviews. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Schaefer worked as a performance auditor in the Georgia Department of Audits, and as an internal auditor for the City of Atlanta Auditor’s Office, and for the Georgia Department of Education. He has over 20 years of auditing experience and holds the following professional certifications: certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner, certified information systems auditor, and certified government auditing professional. Mr. Schaefer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Mary Chapman joined DOAS as the Director of Policy, Training and Outreach on October 1, 2017. Ms. Chapman is an experienced attorney with an extensive background in state government procurement policies and processes, contracting and negotiations, large scale project management and implementation, and state and federal regulatory compliance. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Chapman served in various leadership positions with the Department of Community Health, including Director of Business Operations for the Medicaid Division, Division Chief of Healthcare Facility Regulation, and Contracts Attorney. She also served six years as an attorney in the DOAS Office of Legal Services, a freelance legal writer and a law clerk with the Augusta Superior Court. Ms. Chapman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgia State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.
General Counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs
Rebecca Sullivan joined DOAS in May 2014 as General Counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs. Ms. Sullivan is responsible for the legal department and all legal matters affecting the state’s enterprise procurement, risk management, human resources, fleet management and surplus property business units. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Sullivan practiced law with the Political Law Group, a Chalmers LLC, served as a policy advisor and executive counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, and practiced labor and employment law with Elarbee, Thompson in Atlanta. She is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctor from the UGA School of Law.
McCall Ginsberg joined DOAS in June 2014 as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Ginsberg Served as Assistant Legal Counsel and directed contracting and procurement functions for the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. She served as Legal Aide to the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives during the 2001 and 2002 legislative sessions. Ms. Ginsberg is a “Double Dawg,” having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a JD from the UGA School of Law.